The Visual Arts Sector of the 56th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia will be presided over by Okwui Enwezor, curator, art critic, editor, writer, and Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich.
Founded in 1895, La Biennale di Venezia is the oldest and most widely recognized contemporary art event in the world. While the Biennale’s roots are in the visual arts, its scope now encompasses theatre, music, dance, film and architecture. Artists, museum directors, curators, gallerists, collectors and journalists from influential global newspapers, magazines, television and web media are drawn to the Biennale to see acclaimed contemporary artists from around the world and to take the pulse of the international art scene. In 2013, eighty-eight countries participated in the Biennale’s 55th International Art Exhibition, which drew more than 475,000 visitors.
Visual arts installations fill more than thirty national pavilions and exhibition buildings of the historic Giardini di Castello, the epicentre of the Biennale. In the past decade the Biennale has grown enormously to occupy the massive, ancient Venetian shipyard buildings known as the Arsenale. With the recent establishment of several major contemporary art museums, including the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi, Venice has come to embody the latest and greatest art of our day, coexisting with the history and colour of centuries past.
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Canada began participating in the Biennale in 1952, sharing space in the international section of the Esposizione internazionale d’arte della città di Venezia. In 1958, at the invitation of the City of Venice, Canada opened its own pavilion, commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada. Designed and built by the celebrated Studio BBPR of Milan, the Canada Pavilion is considered an important architectural feature of the Giardini to this day and enjoys special heritage designation.
Canada’s representation at the Biennale has played a part in shaping the role and place of Canadian contemporary art within international circles. The Canada Pavilion has helped to launch the international careers of many of our most celebrated artists.